Madeline Messina is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Advertising major and a French and Francophone Studies minor at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In her last post, Madeline reflects on what she learned in Dublin, and tries to condense it to her top ten takeaways from her experience.
It is surreal to be back home after living my life in Dublin for the past 10 weeks. It seems like everything I see or do reminds me about my journey and the life I was living. I already miss Ireland more than I thought I would. I also miss the amazing people I met along the way. Being back in the States makes me think about all of the things I was lucky enough to experience, and also everything I learned while independently living in another country. I learned an incredible amount of lessons while abroad, and while it’s difficult to narrow it down, I’ve listed my top ten takeaways from the experience that may help a future study abroad student.
1. Take time for yourself to recharge
I learned early on that in order to be able to see and do everything I wanted to, I had to take time out to recuperate from previous travels. We are so busy every day with work, class, homework, and personal travel, that it’s hard to remember to take care of yourself. But it’s important to get an adequate amount of sleep, eat right, and relax every once in a while, to be able to enjoy yourself more.
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